The Washington Marriott is an excellent value!
My husband and I stayed at the Washington Marriott for two nights last week and we were both very impressed with this hotel. The entire staff was super friendly and helpful, especially the concierge who helped us make last minute reservations at a very popular restaurant. The rooms are very clean and tastefully decorated. The bed is one of the most comfortable beds I've ever slept in, EVER! You will find yourself not wanting to get out of it in the morning. The bathroom is also nice, although a tad on the small size. I loved the Bath and Body Works Aromatherapy tolietries! The location of the hotel is a little off the beaten path from the all of the monuments & museums, however there is a Metro stop 3 or 4 blocks from the hotel that will take your right there. We decided to walk instead and it took us about a half hour or so. The hotel is a short walk from Georgetown, which I highly recommend, especially if you like to shop! The best part of our experience at the Washington Marriott is that we didn't overpay for the room and ended up getting our money's worth plus a whole lot more! I highly recommend this hotel.
Washington Marriott- LOVED IT regardless of reviews we read
We stayed here for 4 days. This was an immaculate hotel with courteous and friendly staff, GREAT toiletries from Bath and Body works, clean clean clean! The pool, spa, and fitness center were alwys clean and were wonderful!
Restrnt was decent prices for the area, great food, great service. I paid 11.00 for a angus burger/fries.
Staff and conceirge very helpful with directions and info.
Woudl def stay again!
Location, price and comfort count - The Washington Marriott has all three...
My husband and I stayed at The Washington Marriott Hotel this past week-end - 9/9/06 through 9/11/06. 3 days/2 nights.
We went to D.C. for business and our contacts gave us the name of three hotels near their offices to consider, The St. Gregory (booked - no openings), The Ritz Carlton (a whopping $600 a night and beyond - they had openings...no wonder) and then The Washington Marriott (prices in the mid 200's - we went for it).
I checked the history on-line via Trip Advisor, then the prices on-line and called the hotel direct to book. Everything went smoothly as planned with no issues.
POSITIVES to this property:
The location is on 22nd street - in a heavily congested business district but, still only about 4-5 blocks from the White House, The Mall and more. Yes...it's a walk but, you can't do much in this town without walking around. Bring good shoes - you'll be fine. There is the Foggy Bottom Metro nearby too if you choose. So for us...the location was good for business and tourism reasons.
The lobby was pleasing - typical marble floors, fancy furniture/tables/lamps and chandeliers in the mid 90's style.
Per the concierge, the hotel is due to start a major renovation of the reception, lobby, bar and restaurant areas in about two weeks. The place should look colorful and swanky modern when done per the fabric/finish boards displayed in the lobby.
The front desk staff was friendly and helpful at check-in. They explained the basics and got us in and out quickly. We did not use the concierge much but, what limited involvement we had they seemed polite and friendly.
The room we got was #618. It was their largest general room - The Executive Suite. It was about 750 sq. ft. We were pleased upon entering that there was a small hallway into the room, a bathroom/sink area and closet to the left and then the space opened into a main work area with desk/phone/table lamp, sitting area with couch/chair/tables/lamps and coffee table and large sleeping area with king sized bed/tables/lamps and armoire with t.v. . It was very comfortable in size and was perfect for the activities we needed during our stay. We hear some rooms in this place are 250-400 sq. ft...seems small. Go for the bigger room - it's well worth it. The room also seems to have been renovated in the last few years by our guess - seems the fabric, finishes, furniture etc. was in pretty good shape so, must be fairly recent.
The best thing that can be said for this room is the bed is grand - as many other reviewers noted. It was like sleeping in a cloud. A cloud of blankets, pillows, sheets and comforters. It was hard to get up each morning but, well worth it. After a day of hard work and running around, the bed was a haven we looked forward to each night.
The bathroom is small but, functional. Had outside sink/mirror and then private room with toilet/tub.
The closet is standard sized with the usual items of hangers, supplies to send out for dry cleaning, iron/ironing board and extra pillows/blankets. Adequate.
Housekeeping was prompt each day after we left the room and always did a solid job stripping/remaking the bed, giving us new bathroom linens/supplies, taking out trash and straightening up the room. Some house keeping is lacking but, this place seemed solid and clean each day.
I especially liked that The Washington Marriott confirms your reservation via e-mail once you are done and ask if you have any concierge preferences in advance so they can make your stay extra good (do you want extra pillows, bed linens, bath towels, food, beverages, etc. in your room upon your arrival). We put in requests and sure enough, things were waiting for us as planned. No extra charge.
We were eligible for Club Level drinks/snacks and breakfast each day but, elected to eat in our room once for breakfast and once for dinner. Food was solid - great burgers/fries, excellent crab cake appetizers, tasty salads and pasta dishes. Breakfast had enjoyable egg dishes, hash browns, bacon, fresh squeezed juice and homemade pastry baskets. Prices were comparable to eating out (10-12 per person for breakfast and 10-15 a dish for dinner items). Of course...tipping and delivery charges add up and that's the only extra that are unwanted. Time from order to delivery - about 25-30 minutes each time. Complete with linens, silverware, condiments and dishes. Staff was prompt in picking up the used platters once done as well. I would pass on the deserts - not top notch (creme brulee). We also ate in the Atrium Restaurant downstairs for our last breakfast -same fare as room service - ok.
NEGATIVES to this property:
Don't worry about asking for a "room with a view" in this hotel. I'm not sure many hotels in this area have one. It seems you either look out your window to other hotels, office buildings or the street. One side will view some ac/heating units on a lower roof. We viewed a partial street scene/office building and that was considered a decent view. Since you can't build in D.c. above 15 stories...don't expect many towering views to take your breath away.
The bell hops and door men were a bit lacking. Although quick to open a door for you or hold an elevator, they seemed poor in taking luggage to your room or helping to load luggage into cars. I didn't see them doing it for anyone so...unclear if this hotel is "a pack and go yourself" chain. Strange...
The garage and parking situation is close to a living nightmare. By this I mean...there is no valet service. You have to park the car yourself in their attached, underground parking structure. Although this sounds simple in itself...when you pull in, parts of the structure are blocked off due to renovation, other parts are reserved for workers or nearby office buildings and then the corridors are short, ackward and low ceilings heights as you drive about looking for an open space. From there, once you park, directions to get you to proper elevators or exits are not clear and well posted. It would be easy to walk all around for minutes on end and not know where you are going. Upon your return to retrieve your car, at different times of the day, they can close out some ramps and entrances/exits to the parking ramp thus, you loose your way in getting to your vehicle and/or getting out again. You get the pleasure of this rat maze for an amazing $23.00 a day - pre-billed on your hotel bill. When you ask hotel staff for help in this situation, they all suddenly decide it's news to them that they even have a parking garage! (Just kidding - but, it is bad). Your only way to avoid this is take a taxi to/from the hotel or use a limo service. Drive yourself and bring your patience - you'll need it between the congestion in the city streets and in the parking garage. Beware, the garage is a combo for the hotel and office buildings - not laid out well or easy to follow.
Stay on the hotel side...
As mentioned earlier, The Executive Suite is very spacious and comfortable for the money. The work desk zone, sitting area and sleeping areas are well appointed and enjoyable. The bathroom is clearly an afterthought in this space - that's too bad. Our guess is the sink/counter, tub and toilet areas were maybe 50-75 sq. ft. at the most. The sink/counter were outside the bath/toilet which is good but, each area was very tiny. Only room for one person at a time. The tub/toilet were squeezed in together with just barely enough room to shut the door and do your business. The tub drained poorly and we asked for help but, nothing every happened. Nothing like washing up and standing in dirty water each night. The linens were standard hotel issue - a little scratchy but, clean. The toiletries were Bath & Body Works - a good brand - but, the bottles were tiny and didn't go far for those of us who enjoy shower time.
There is no mini bar or fridge in the room. Don't bring up anything that requires refrigeration. Don't expect a midnight snack unless you order something or bring it yourself.
There is a fire station in the area - as mentioned by another reviewer - and you often hear sirens during the day and night. But...it's not so loud it should cause a problem. We were busy doing things like eating/watching t.v. etc. or getting ready for bed and would hear the sounds but, it wasn't too bad.
We did not use the pool/sauna or excerise area so, we couldn't comment on that.
Over-all, we thought this was a very solid hotel for the price. Since many hotels in D.C. can easily try to command $450-650 a night - for few extra perks than we got - we felt The Washington Marriott was a solid choice for around $200-250 a night.
If you are in town on pleasure only - there are certainly hotels closer to the Mall area for consideration. If you are there on business travel, this is probably a good pick.
I took my young nephew on a trip to the US and we stayed at the Washington Marriott for 4 nights.
The stay was just excellent. The Room was superb - comfortable and very large in comparison to the New York hotel we had just left. The staff were truely excellent - friendly & helpful. The hotel was spotlessly clean and the facilities you get for the room rate were extremely reasonable.
On a previous visit to DC I stayed at the Marriott Courtyard which is not far away. The Washington Marriott would be top of the list but the Courtyard is a good second
We would highly recommend this hotel to everyone.
Only disappointment was that the hotel did not have WiFi Internet access and normal access was extremely expensive (we got free internet in the New York hotel!). If you want WiFi just wander up the street to the local coffee shop - you can get breakfast & free WiFi for half the price of internet access in the hotel.
Don't let the location scare you
When I first researched staying in Washington DC, I thought this might be a bit far from the action but we had no trouble getting to places by use of the Metro. (Foggy Bottom is 6 or 7 blocks from the hotel but not bad at all for most people) We stayed at the Washington Marriott for about a week in July as tourists.
The hotel was great. No complications when we checked in. Our king room was attractive and comfortably furnished and clean. I'm a huge fan of the huge, white comforter as opposed to the spread that was usually patterned and didn't show dirt so it didn't have to be cleaned as often. The bathroom was clean and acceptable although a bit small.
The service here (except for the Concierge) was exceptional. We ordered room service one evening. It was delivered quickly and was hot and delicious. A small item wasn't included that we noticed on delivery. When we mentioned it, it was taken care of within 5 minutes (before we began eating, which is generally NOT the case - usually hotels will get the item to you AFTER you're finished and you don't need it anymore)
Also, one evening, before dinner, I spilled a bit of red wine on the sheets as I handed my husband an item over the bed. We thought nothing of it and went to dinner. When we returned, the maid who does the turn down service had noticed and changed ALL the sheets AND of course left us our nightly treat.
The hotel is very close to Georgetown. We enjoyed the shops and restaurants. (Martin's Tavern, where JFK proposed to Jackie) and a great Italian place across the street from Martin's called, Paolo's. Also a nice place for breakfast about a couple blocks away called, Bread and Chocolate, I think. Also around the corner of the hotel is a liquor store. The owner is very friendly and helpful.
Very friendly staff!
Our family stayed here on our first trip to D.C. It was in a wonderful location as we walked almost everywhere (but there is a subway within a 5-10 minute walk). When we walked in we were all delighted with the many pillows on the bed and the elegant feel the room had. The beds were wonderful with nice down comforters. Every staff member we encountered went out of their way to say hi. As we left staff members said good bye and asked about our stay. The washer and dryers are free!
Smithsonian Visit in Jan
Hi We are 2 adults and 2 kids visiting DC for 2 nights. Arriving at lunch time, leaving at lunch time. My husband wants to see as much of the aviation and space sections as he can while there. Can someone recommend a hotel that is reasonable, close by the Smithsonian in the city??? Any other tips??
Re: Smithsonian Visit in Jan
L'Enfant Plaza Hotel - 480 L ENFANT PLAZA SW Washington, DC 20024
(only 1 block from the Air Space Museum)
Holiday Inn - 550 C STREET SW WASHINGTON, DC 20024
Marriott Washington at Metro Center - 775 12TH STREET NW Washington, DC 20005